Politics & Government

Clinton pushes for female candidates in midterm elections

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks at the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum in Washington, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks at the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum in Washington, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) AP

Hillary Clinton, the likely frontrunner for her party’s nomination for president in 2016, urged her fellow Democrats Friday to help candidates for this November’s midterm elections.

“Now I know they might not be as glamorous as presidential elections, but these upcoming midterm elections are crucial,” Clinton said in her speech at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum Conference at the Marriott Marquis in Washington.

Clinton lauded many of the female candidates on the ballot, which includes more than 100 running for the House, 10 running for the Senate and six running for governor. “If I could vote for all of them, I would,” she said.

She spoke of advancing women’s rights through salary equity, healthcare and the Violence Against Women Act.

“We’re here because there’s a movement stirring in America,” she said. “This is a movement that is not waiting for Washington with its gridlock and grandstanding. This movement won’t wait, and neither will we.”

Clinton was introduced by DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. who was blasted in a lengthy article in Politico that documented her rocky relationship with the Obama White House and indicated her tenure might be limited.

“Debbie wears so many hats so well,” Clinton said about Wasserman Schultz. “She fights for women, for kids, for families. So let’s give our chair another round of applause.”

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